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USDA Helps a Farm Equipment Dealership Expand, Create Jobs in North Dakota

After 40 years, the John Deere dealership in Ashley, North Dakota has moved, but not far. About a mile down the road, over 250 people recently gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Green Iron Equipment’s new $2 million facility. USDA Rural Development helped finance the project by partnering with a local cooperative, KEM Electric. Through the Rural Economic Development Loan Program, Green Iron Equipment received a $740,000 loan.

The original dealership consisted of four separate buildings in downtown Ashley. Two of those structures housed small service shops that could not accommodate large farm machinery.

A new North Dakota farm equipment sales and service building: funded in part with a loan from a local cooperative backed by USDA.  The newly expanded dealership will provide up to eight new jobs.

A new North Dakota farm equipment sales and service building: funded in part with a loan from a local cooperative backed by USDA. The newly expanded dealership will provide up to eight new jobs.

“As sales and service requirements continued to grow, we outgrew our facilities,” said Lyle Fey, Green Iron Equipment manager. “We simply ran out of space to meet our customers’ needs.”

More than tripling the size of Green Iron’s previous space, the new 127×150 foot building is complete with a showroom, parts area, sales department and even an overhead crane in the shop. There is more than enough room to adequately service farm equipment that continues to increase in size. Efficiency has also greatly improved at the dealership as all areas of operation; sales, parts and service; are under one roof.

Due to the expansion, Green Iron plans to almost double their staff by adding up to eight more jobs. In a community of less than 800 people, this project is providing big benefits.

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Over 250 people gathered to celebrate the Green Iron Equipment grand opening in Ashley, North Dakota.

Over 250 people gathered to celebrate the Green Iron Equipment grand opening in Ashley, North Dakota.

2 Responses to “USDA Helps a Farm Equipment Dealership Expand, Create Jobs in North Dakota”

  1. Connie Groop says:

    Thanks for sharing. May we use the photos in the Farm Forum, the ag publication of the Aberdeen American News?

  2. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    Yes, you may! We just ask that you credit USDA.

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